February 1, 2013

Week 5 - Weekend Events Round-up: Feb 1-3

It's FRIDAY - While the snow day in Ann Arbor on Monday threw many off this week, there's no denying that the end of the week has arrived. So what's to do in Ann Arbor with kids this weekend you ask? Stay warm I'd reply. The freezing temps should not freeze the family at home though, get out, explore and find something fun to do.

My family will watch my daughter cheer for Upward on Saturday, then hit the slopes on Sunday with a ski package through the Girl Scouts. I'm excited to take the kids skiing. Giving them a taste of the slopes sure sounds like fun even if it will be a little chilly. Last I heard though we were expecting the sun to peek out too!!!

So what's there to do? Have any activities or events in mind for the kids or even the whole family? I'm hoping the An Arbor Mom blog will help provide something fun to do!
Friday, February 1

I know that it is after work, and everyone is exhausted, but how does a Family Fun Nightat University of Michigan Museum of Natural History sound? From 5:00-9:00 p.m. -enjoy all sorts of great science and nature, only don't expect the exhibits to come alive!

If braving the cold to explre outdoors sounds more your speed, head to the Buhr Park Ice Arena (2751 Packard St, Ann Arbor) for a special Sci-Fi (or as I call it Sci-FRI!) skate 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. The entire family will enjoy skating to themed music. Be sure to dress the part though for a chance to win a prize for the best costume!!!

Saturday February 2

Brave the cool morning and pray for spring to come during Michigan's annual Groundhog Day celebration. If that seems too chilly, then take the kids to a Groundhog Day Storytime at the Ypsilanti District Library (229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti) at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy some fun stories in the indoor warmth, create a craft and even make a groundhog goodie.

Home Depot might already be on your list of errands to run, so be sure to let the kids drop in on their free kids building workshop this month! It sure looks like a cute little wheel of love they are planning to build.

Another great way to spend time this weekend is through better understanding where you came from with a hands-on demos at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History ( 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor). The free program called "DNA and Race" runs Saturday's at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and is geared for kids ages 5 and up.  Explore DNA and better understand how it makes up our bodies. Kids will also explore the relationship between DNA and and the idea of race. Does DNA determine skin color? What’s the relationship between skin color and what we think of as race? Are there any biological or genetic markers that define race?

Can't get to the museum for this program? Fear not, they are also bringing the program to you during a Family Science Workshop at the Ypsilanti District Library (229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti) at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday February 3

Your family has another chance to explore DNA at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History at 3:00 p.m.

Have you heard of other fun free events? What about other events that are reasonably priced for the family? I'm always looking to post great ideas for families on a budget - Just let me know!

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